Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

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409aCity and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Alastair is a member of the Electrochemical Science and Engineering research group. Alastair's work focuses on battery pack thermal management and the thermal performance of lithium-ion cells. Alastair led the work introducing the Cell Cooling Coefficient as a universal metric to quantify the thermal performance of a battery. He is now building upon this research to develop modelling methods to support lithium-ion cell design optimisation.

Webinar on lithium-ion cell design for improved thermal management

Nature Comment on the state of thermal management

The Cell Cooling Coefficient presentation


TOPBAT (Co-Investigator): 07/20 - present

Innovate UK BATMAN: 04/18 - present 

Innovate UK Isothermal Control Platform development: 06/19 - present

Innovate UK Isothermal Control Platform feasibility study: 04/18 - 04/19


Alastair completed a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol in 2016, specialising in transient heat transfer and non-destructive diagnostics of multiphase flows. Prior to joining Imperial College London in 2018, Alastair worked for SUEZ Advanced Solutions UK, designing equipment closely linked to his PhD topic, and as a Research Associate at Queen Mary University of London, modelling convection cooling capabilities of low powered air-moving devices.



Lander L, Kallitsis E, Hales A, et al., 2021, Cost and carbon footprint reduction of electric vehicle lithium-ion batteries through efficient thermal management, Applied Energy, Vol:289, ISSN:0306-2619, Pages:1-10

Edge JS, O'Kane S, Prosser R, et al., 2021, Lithium ion battery degradation: what you need to know, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Vol:23, ISSN:1463-9076, Pages:8200-8221

Hua X, Heckel C, Modrow N, et al., 2021, The prismatic surface cell cooling coefficient: A novel cell design optimisation tool & thermal parameterization method for a 3D discretised electro-thermal equivalent-circuit model, Etransportation, Vol:7, ISSN:2590-1168, Pages:1-15

Hales A, Prosser R, Diaz LB, et al., 2020, The Cell Cooling Coefficient as a design tool to optimise thermal management of lithium-ion cells in battery packs, Etransportation, Vol:6, ISSN:2590-1168

Dondelewski O, Szemberg O’Connor T, Zhao Y, et al., 2020, The role of cell geometry when selecting tab or surface cooling to minimise cell degradation, Etransportation, Vol:5, ISSN:2590-1168, Pages:1-12

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